Featherstone Rovers: Lions ace Gale hopes to blow Rovers away during three-month trial

Featherstone Lions' Gareth Gale, who has joined pro' neighbours Featherstone Rovers on a three-month trial.
Featherstone Lions' Gareth Gale, who has joined pro' neighbours Featherstone Rovers on a three-month trial.
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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have handed a trial to prolific try-scoring amateur star Gareth Gale.

Gale, who currently plies his trade with National Conference League side Featherstone Lions, will spend the next three months with the Rovers. The 24-year-old can play centre or back-row and has begun pre-season training as part of John Duffy’s 2018 roster.

Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty

Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty

Gale is likely to feature in the club’s pre-season friendlies, gaining game-time against Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Halifax in a bid to earn a professional contract at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

He follows Featherstone three-quarter Josh Hardcastle, who joined Rovers as a trialist last year and went on to claim the Supporters’ Player of the Year Award following a hugely-successful debut season with the club. “It is a massive honour to be joining the Rovers. I have been given a huge opportunity and intend to take it with both hands,” said Gale. “It has all happened very fast and I have gone straight into training with the lads, which has been great.

“Josh has achieved big things here and I want to follow in his footsteps. I want to thank John Duffy for giving me the opportunity. Hopefully I will get an opportunity to play in the pre-season games and show what I am capable of

“This is going to be a really good experience for me and I will be giving my all over the coming weeks and months to impress.”

Duffy added: “Gareth has trained with us a couple of times already and we have been really impressed by him. We have heard great things about him and he has done really well with his community club, Featherstone Lions.

“The Lions have and continue to produce some quality players and we are delighted to provide a pathway for the guys who want to test themselves at professional level. Josh (Hardcastle) has done really well here and he has proven what can be achieved in a very short space of time. Hopefully, Gareth, with some game time, will slot in very quickly and enjoy a solid trial period with the club.”

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